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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Day 4 - Ayutthaya (Wat Ratchaburana & Wat Mahathat)

Upon reaching Ayutthaya, we took a short walk to take the ferry to bring us to the other side of the river bank.

It cost only 4baht per person and in less than 5 minutes, we reached the other side of the river.

Hubby decided not to take the tuk-tuk or van and decided to explore the place by walking.  It was tough to walk such a long distance under the hot sun.  Think we took almost an hour to reach the first temple.
Wat Ratchaburana

This place seemed like Cambodia, with all the ruins....
I was too tired to climb up the steps.

We climbed up to one of the prangs to get a better view of the area from the top.  Here, we saw a dark deep staircase leading down.  At first, hubby wanted to go down to check it out but I told him not to go all the way down, not too sure safe or not.  There was no proper sign and we didn't know what was underneath.  Also, we were the only two person on top of this tower at that time, so didn't want to "risk" our lives. 
I spotted a "Mickey Mouse" leaf!!

The second temple that we visited was Wat Mahathat.  This is the more famous temple in Ayutthaya as you can find a buddha head embedded under a tree.
Beautiful tree....
Entrance fee is 50 baht per person.

Many headless buddha statues.

After visiting just these 2 ruins, it was already 1pm.  We walked all the way back to the railway station as the next temple we wanted to visit is nearer to the station.
Back to the railway station.


bookjunkie said...

The buddha in the tree is so amazing. Love that photos and didn't know this place even existed. Great discovery.

Miso said...

Hi bookjunkie,

Thanks for dropping by. I got to know it through other travel blogs. Blogging really connect many of us together. :)

From wiki, there are 2 theories to this: One theory suggests that the tree simply grew around the Buddha head during the period when the temple lay abandoned and overgrown.

Another theory is that a thief moved the Buddha head away from the main temple to hide it. However, after moving the stone Buddha head away from the ruined main temple, it is possible the thief never returned for his treasure or couldn’t move it any further beyond the walls that surround the temple.